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Foreign Language Leader Award
The award aims to teach young people how to lead others through basic languages activities by working to develop their communication, organisation and motivational skills. Learners will also develop subject specific skills such as understanding the basic principles of foreign language and running language events. The course requires learners to lead for a minimum of one hour to their peers or younger students, but we generally do two events over several hours.
This course has been running for quite a few years at Therfield now, and students who have completed the course have had the opportunity to put their leadership skills into practice through visiting our feeder Primary Schools such as the Greville, or inviting them to visit us! In the summer term we run a Sports and Languages festival where Year 5 students from two or three local schools attend a fun day following a carousel of activities to enhance their language and sport skills – all led by Therfield students ranging from year 8 to 10. Here are some examples of what Language Leaders from the past few years have had to say about their experiences:
"I found teaching the Year 5s fun because they all enjoyed the lesson and learning the words, especially the word ‘patate’! The Year 5s enjoying the lesson boosted my confidence and proved that I could teach."
"I learnt that all children are different. An approach we use on one may not work on another. We enjoyed teaching the pupils and had a lot of fun doing so. It helped me to remember the simpler German that we learnt a long time ago, and it helped me become more confident and forward-thinking. I’m glad that I’ve had this opportunity."
"Being a language leader has been an amazing experience and visiting The Greville Primary School really helped my confidence and taught me to speak in front of more people. I think the children we taught really enjoyed it, and learnt lots of things from it. They had never learnt German before but were really excited and enthusiastic"
"We have taught primary school children German and French, for example French football words. I really enjoyed teaching them languages, and I learnt some new French too as well as building my confidence. The best bit was probably the Sports & Languages Festival because we had lots of fun."
Maths Leader Award and Literacy Leader Award
Like the Foreign Language Leader Award, we have also introduced the Maths and Literacy Leader Awards. The courses work on the same principle of developing communication, organisation and motivational skills through the medium of each subject area. Students have the opportunity to gain this award during year 9, enabling them to gain additional experiences and responsibility in a subject area that they enjoy, yet approaching it in a different way. Learners will lead a one hour session and again we aim for the programmes to be mutually beneficial to our learners and primary school children. The skills they learn are transferable to other responsibility positions they may have during key stage 4.
Young Sports Leader Award
The award focuses on specific skills such as giving instructions, the organisation of people and equipment and the use of space. Rather than breaking leadership down into its constituent parts, the award teaches these topics through a practical, activity based, holistic approach. In this way, the Young Leaders 'learn by doing' and, by the end of the course, will not only have the confidence and ability to lead others but will also have knowledge and experience of an extensive range of games and activities.
The Young Leader Award follows the well-known STEP principle which encourages Young Leaders to make decisions surrounding the Space, Task, Equipment and organisation of People in order to become successful leaders.
Students who enjoy the leadership aspect within sport have numerous opportunities as they go through the year groups at Therfield to embed and further extend their skills. These include activities such as leadership camp and sport festivals with our primary schools, helping to coach a team, representing the school as a captain of a team or being a sports rep for their tutor group.